SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYERS – CONTESTED AND UNCONTESTED DIVORCE
.WHY CHOOSE US
1. RANKED AS A TOP DIVORCE LAW FIRM
At PKWA Law, our Family Lawyers have received awards and recognitions such as:
- Lim Chong Boon and Dorothy Tan are ranked as “Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers in Singapore” by Doyles Guide to Singapore Family Lawyers in 2016 , 2017 and 2018.
- PKWA Law is recognised as a “Leading Singapore Family Law Firm” in 2015, 2016 , 2017 and 2018 by Doyles Guide to Singapore Family Law Firms.
- Dorothy Tan is named as one of “Asia’s top young lawyers” by Asian Legal Business 2016. She was also nominated for “Young Lawyer of the Year” by Asian Legal Business in 2017.
- PKWA nominated for “Best Family Law firm” by Asian Legal Business at ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
- Dorothy Tan and Low Jin Liang are recognised as Singapore’s “Most Influential Lawyers Under 40” by Singapore Business Review 2016.
- Awarded “Best Family Law Firm” by Acquisition International 2015 Legal Awards.
- Lim Chong Boon is named as a recommended “Family and Civil lawyer” by Global Law Experts 2015.
- 2016 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: “Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore 2016”.
2. EXCELLENT CLIENT REVIEWS
Some of our clients have written reviews about the hard work put in by our divorce lawyers to obtain positive results. Plus, we are also recommended for being friendly and having a human touch.
Read why our clients highly recommend us here.
3. AFFORDABLE FEES
If your divorce is friendly and uncontested, our Uncontested Divorce Fixed Fee Packages are one of the most affordable in Singapore:
- $1,500 all in (No Court Order Required for Children, Property Or Maintenance)
- $2,500 all in (Court Order Required for Children, HDB / Private Property Or Maintenance)
*Our fees are subject to GST.
4. CONTESTED DIVORCE
If your spouse does not agree to a divorce or does not agree to a settlement with you, our family lawyers can assist you in a Contested Divorce.
Our divorce lawyers have consistently achieved positive outcomes in contested divorce cases. Recently, our team led by Deputy Head Ms Dorothy Tan won a significant and landmark case at the Court of Appeal for the husband (Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast  SGCA 52). This is a landmark case that has been cited and followed in subsequent family law cases involving division of assets. You can read the case here.
5. HUMAN TOUCH
Our clients consistently compliment us that we practise family law with “a human touch and heart.” All our divorce lawyers are known to be friendly and compassionate.
6. DIVORCE LAWYER SPECIALISTS
At PKWA Law, our divorce lawyers only practise family law, which means that when you engage us, you are engaging specialists in family law.
7. WE ENCOURAGE SETTLEMENTS, NOT ARGUMENTS
Our approach to family law is to encourage settlements, not arguments. We use litigation as a last resort when the matter cannot be amicably resolved.
8. CLEAR & TRANSPARENT FEES
Our fees are fixed, clear and transparent. You do not have to worry about hefty legal fees after you have engaged us.
9. STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
Our divorce lawyers are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and family counsellors, and other family lawyers.
We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone. We believe the most effective and best divorce lawyer is someone who is respectful of others and respected by others.
10. ONE OF SINGAPORE’S TOP SME COMPANIES
PKWA Law is an established full service Singaporean law firm with 30 years of solid reputation and more than 100 employees. We are conveniently located at HDB Hub. We are a leading top firm in conveyancing and family law.
PKWA Law is ranked as one of Singapore’s top SME companies in 2017 and 2018 in the “Singapore 1000 / SME 1000 Awards”. This is an annual award organised by DP Information Group and Ernst & Young and supported by IE Singapore, SPRING Singapore, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA), Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the Singapore Business Federation.
PKWA Law’s clients include DBS, UOB, OCBC, Maybank, StanChart, HSBC, Citibank and CPF Board.
Contested Divorce v Uncontested Divorce
Our team of dedicated Singapore Divorce Lawyer specialists advise families on divorces that are contested and uncontested. An uncontested divorce occurs when there are no disagreements between you and your spouse over the divorce, children custody and financial issues. An uncontested divorce is recommended over a contested divorce as it is quicker, stress free and legal fees are cheaper.
In an uncontested divorce, the whole divorce process is compressed in that both the divorce and the ancillaries will be dealt with at the same time.
This is unlike a contested divorce where there is a 2-step process – the court will first deal with the divorce first and then deal with the ancillary issues later.
If your divorce is uncontested, we will draft the court order that sets out the agreement between you and your spouse. This consent court order is binding once it is approved by the Family Court, a process that usually takes about 4 weeks.
How long does a Contested Divorce take compared to Uncontested Divorce?
How long your divorce case takes depends on whether it is contested or uncontested. If your divorce is uncontested, you can expect to obtain your Interim Judgment within 4 weeks of your filing the divorce papers. If your case is contested, your case may take between 6 to 12 months to complete.
In Singapore, about 80 percent of divorce cases are settled without going for a full hearing. The high rate of successful resolutions is commendable and is due to the active and effective role played by the Singapore Family Courts in helping parties to settle.
CAN YOU DIVORCE IN SINGAPORE?
When you file for a divorce, whether it is contested or uncontested, you must still show you qualify for a divorce in Singapore and that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.
First, you must have been married for at least 3 years before you can file a Writ for divorce on the ground that your marriage has broken down irretrievably. If you are married for less than 3 years, you can only file for divorce if you have obtained permission from the court. This is not easy to obtain as you must show that you have suffered exceptional hardship or if your spouse has been exceptionally cruel.
Second, you or your spouse must be domiciled (treated Singapore as your permanent abode) at the commencement of the divorce proceedings. Alternatively, either of you must have resided in Singapore for 3 years immediately before the commencement of divorce proceedings. Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents are presumed to be domiciled in Singapore, so only non-Singaporeans and non-PRs need to prove domicile.
You must show ‘irretrievable breakdown” in marriage
Third, you must show that there has been an “irretrievable breakdown’ in the marriage.
What is ‘Irretrievable Breakdown’?
The Court will only grant a divorce if you can prove that the marriage has “broken down irretrievably.” To prove this, you must show one or more of the following facts:
The Defendant (the person being sued) has committed adultery with another person (the Co-Defendant) and the Plaintiff finds it intolerable to live with the Defendant.
The Defendant has behaved in such a way that the Plaintiff cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her.
The Defendant has deserted or left the Plaintiff for a continuous period of 2 years without any intention of returning.
Separation for 3 years
The Plaintiff and Defendant have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 3 years and the Defendant agrees to a divorce.
Separation for 4 years
The Plaintiff and the Defendant have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 4 years. No consent is required from the Defendant.
Ancillary issues that frequently crop up in Contested Divorce
Once you have obtained your divorce in a contested divorce, the court process moves to the second stage. This is the stage where the court decides on ancillary issues such as children custody, property division and money issues.
In a divorce proceeding, the parties may apply for:
- custody, care and control of children and access.
- division of the matrimonial home.
- division of other matrimonial assets.
- maintenance for spouse and children.
In deciding on the division of matrimonial assets, the Court will take into consideration various factors including:-
- the extent of contributions made by each party in money, property or work towards the acquiring of the assets and non-financial contributions made by parties;
- any debts owing by either party which were contracted for this joint benefit; and
- the needs of the minor children (if any) of the marriage.
You should organise all the documents you have in support of your claim as these will have to be shown to the Court. Documents include evidence of mortgage payments, pay slips, CPF statements, Income Tax assessments and documents relating to the matrimonial home amongst others.
PKWA LAW – SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYERS
Divorce Lawyers in Singapore – Our Singapore Divorce Lawyers are named by Asian Legal Business, Singapore Business Review, Global Law Experts and Doyle’s Guide as among the top divorce lawyers in Singapore.
Each member of our team is a specialist Singapore divorce lawyer.
Our Matrimonial Lawyers have received the following recognition:
- For 2 straight years, PKWA Law is shortlisted by Asian Legal Business as one of the best divorce law firms at the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards in 2016 and 2017.
- Doyles Guide to Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Singapore, 2017 – Mr Lim Chong Boon and Ms Dorothy Tan are both ranked by their peers as “Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers in Singapore 2017”.
- PKWA Law is ranked as a “Leading Family and Divorce Law Firm in Singapore 2017” in Doyles Guide 2017.
- Global Law Experts 2015 Edition — Lim Chong Boon is a Recommended “Family and Civil” lawyer.
- ACQ Law Awards 2014 — Lim Chong Boon and PKWA are Recommended in “Family Law.”
- Doyles Guide For Singapore Family & Divorce Law 2015 — PKWA is a recommended divorce law firm.
- Acquisition International 2015 Legal Awards — Best Family Law Firm and Recognised Leader in Divorce Law.
- 2016 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: PKWA is awarded “Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore 2016”
- Doyles Guide of Leading Singapore Family Lawyers 2016 – Lim Chong Boon and Dorothy Tan are ranked by their peers as Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers in Singapore. PKWA Law is also ranked as a recommended Leading Family Law Firm.
- Deputy Head Dorothy Tan was named in Asian Legal Business 2016 list of “40 under 40 – Asia’s Brightest Young Legal Minds.”
- Dorothy was also nominated for “Young Lawyer of the Year’ at the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2017.